Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 8. Transport category rulings.

June 18, 2021, ©. Leeham News: We continue our discussion about the Transport Category (FAA Part 25) certification rules. Last week we talked about how much tougher the birdstrike protection is for Part 25. Now we look at… Read More

Freighter conversion will absorb some excess widebody supply – but not all

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction June 17, 2021, © Leeham News: A key question hanging over the used widebody market is what percentage of available aircraft could be converted into freighters. Indeed, existing passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion providers… Read More

Airbus Commercial Programs update

By Bjorn Fehrm June 15, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Airbus hosted an update on the Pandemic effects on its airliner business today. It presented its view of the pandemic’s effects overall, how it affected the different aircraft programs,… Read More

CFM announces the RISE engine program

June 14, 2021, © Leeham News: GE and SAFRAN took to the stage today to announce the extension of their CFM joint venture to 2050 and the CFM technology program RISE. RISE stands for Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable… Read More

Airbus program update tomorrow: what will officials reveal?

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton Introduction June 14, 2021, © Leeham News: Airbus will provide a commercial program update tomorrow in Toulouse. Will the Next Boeing Airplane be like the 757 with a composite new wing and new… Read More

Pontification: It’s time to replace the 737, says industry leader

June 14, 2021, © Leeham News: One of commercial aviation’s most influential leaders said last week Boeing needs to replace the 737 with a new technology airplane. Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman of Air Lease Corp., said in a CNBC… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 7. Transport Category Aircraft

June 11, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we scaled a nine-seat aircraft to a 19-seat aircraft and examined some of the pros and cons of such a change.  The aircraft are certified to the 14 CFR Part… Read More

Cheap aluminum widebodies may finally enable long-haul LCC profitability

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  June 10, 2021, © Leeham News: Residual values and lease rates have plummeted to record lows for previous-generation widebodies like the A330, 767, and 777. Inventories continue to build around the world,… Read More

Podcast: 10 Minutes About the United-Boom SST agreement

June 8, 2021, © Leeham News: United Airlines and the start-up company, Boom, last week announced an agreement by which UAL will acquire up to 50 Boom Overture SSTs. There are some conditions Boom must meet before United… Read More

The impact of higher inflation on OEMs and Airlines

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 7, 2021, © Leeham News: As the world economy recovers from its sharpest shock since World War II, an unwelcome side effect started appearing: higher inflation rates. One Hundred Trillion Zimbabwean… Read More